Greeks Top European Open Water Swimming Pursuit

Greeks Top European Open Water Swimming Pursuit

Greece won gold in the 5K Team Pursuit race at the European Swimming Championships in Hungary last Friday. Olympian Spyridon Gianniotis, Antonios Fokaidis and Kalliopi Araouzou comfortably won with a time of 59 minutes and 3 seconds.

In a tight finish for the silver medal, Italy (Simone Ercoli, Simone Ruffini and Rachele Bruni) came second with a time of 59:55.6 seconds, just ahead of Russia (Sergey Bolshakov, Daniil Serebrennikov and Anna Guseva). Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, France, Switzerland and Ukraine finished from fourth to ninth respectively.

This is a huge upset by the Greeks who have swum in the shadows of Russia, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Spain for some time.

Photo of Spyridon Gianniotis.

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